Monday, July 20, 2009

Freeman In RED?

Many people have been emailing me this morning about Variety's story:

Morgan Freeman in talks to star in 'Red'

Actor eyes Summit thriller starring Bruce Willis

Morgan Freeman is in talks to star alongside Bruce Willis in Summit Entertainment's espionage thriller "Red," based on the WildStorm/DC Comic.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian are producing with DC exec Gregory Noveck serving as exec producer. Brothers Erich Hoeber and Jon Hoeber are penning the script.

Summit acquired rights to "Red," originally written by Warren Ellis and illustrated by Cully Hamner, last year. The three-book series, published in 2003 and 2004, tells the story of a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him.

Freeman's toplining Nelson Mandela biopic "Invictus," directed by Clint Eastwood for Warner Bros. with a December release date.

It does indeed look real promising, and I'm very hopeful. But I have to point out that, to my knowledge, neither actor is a done deal, and even if I'm wrong and they are, it doesn't necessarily mean the movie will even get made. Such is Hollywood-- always proceed with caution. Until they're actually shooting it, it's a big "if."

Still... pretty damn cool. Fingers crossed. :)

***And by the by, The original series Red was recently re-released in a deluxe edition from DC/Wildstorm. Not only does it contain the entire original series, but it includes Warren Ellis' original first-issue script, my first-issue layouts, and all the concept art and covers I could dig up. You can buy it at Amazon, or at your local bookstore or comics shop.


Lan Pitts said...

Pretty cool!

Brian said...

Yeah, either way the fact that they are even interested in a property you brought to life is pretty freakin' sweet.

Jake Ekiss said...

That's pretty sweet indeed. You be the rational one, we'll get our hopes up for you ;)